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Friday, 12 October 2007

Quiche! (WHB 2nd anniv: onion, parsley)

Filed under: food & drink,main course,posts with recipes,WHB — ejm @ 18:42 EDT

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Contrary to first appearances, this is not a post for

Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB 2nd anniv)

featured vegetable: onion
featured herb: parsley

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quiche I was feeling so smug today as I got all set to begin a post featuring Dried Mushroom, Ham, Onion, 2 Cheeses Quiche for the WHB 2nd anniversary.

And I was going to be early!! Rather than my usual late or nick of time…. Then I reread the rules and noticed the following:

For the anniversary edition of WHB, we’re asking participants to send a recipe featuring at least one vegetable and one herb, then include some information about at least one of the ingredients you’ve chosen.

At least one vegetable and one herb? Oh oh.

Try as I might I couldn’t figure out a way to pretend that mushrooms, ham or onions were herbs. (Maybe one of the cheeses?? :lalala:) I really don’t think that trying to get away with saying the parsley garnish on the plate is part of the quiche recipe would go over too well.

But even though it doesn’t fit in to the WHB guidelines, allow me to rave about this quiche anyway.

Last Sunday, as we were feeding the cat and preparing morning coffee , T suddenly said, “Didn’t that quiche that Laura Calder* made on TV look good? Do you want to have quiche for brunch?

I ask you. Who would say no to such a great offer?!

quiche So my hero whipped up some pastry, soaked and sliced dried mushrooms, fried onions and ham, grated cheese and in really no time at all, I was presented with this most wonderful feast!

Dried Mushroom, Ham, Onion, 2 Cheeses Quiche
Garnished with Parsley

  • 2 or 3 dried mushrooms
  • boiling water
  • 1 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅓ c lard
  • ice cold water
  • onion
  • ham
  • parmesan cheese, shaved
  • Swiss cheese, coarsely grated
  • eggs
  • cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • parsley


  1. Put dried mushrooms into a small heat proof bowl and pour boiling water over to cover. Keep the mushrooms submerged by nesting another bowl on top. Set aside.
  2. Make the pastry: Stir together flour and salt. Cut in lard (or butter, or shortening)
  3. Turn the oven to 425F
  4. Add a little cold water and stir together just enough to form a ball. (Handle as little as possible.)
  5. On a floured board, roll the dough out into a circle. Put it into a pie plate and with a fork, prick holes all over the bottom of the pastry.
  6. Bake the pie shell for about 10 minutes just until it is golden. When it is done, remove and allow to cool.
  7. As the pastry is baking, sauté onion and ham til the onion is caramelized. Turn the heat off and allow to cool.
  8. Beat eggs and add a splash of cream and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Put cheeses on the cooked shell. Add ham and onion mixture and pour eggs overtop.
  10. Bake the quiche at 350F for about 30 minutes until the custard has set.
  11. Remove the quiche from the oven and allow to sit for abou t 10 minutes before delving into it.
  12. Garnish each slice with fresh parsley.

About Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

I love the fresh clean taste that raw parsley offers. It’s especially good to eat after one has had eggs or onions or garlic. It’s essential to have at least a few sprigs in pesto and in stock. And of course, it’s wonderful chopped up and put into cheese stuffing for manicotti or canneloni as well. I can never understand why it is that people leave the parsley garnish on the sides of their plates instead of eating them. Do you think they’ve all read on the website Plants For a Future (PFAF) the phrase “parsley is toxic in excess”?

I must say that comes as a huge surprise to me. I never knew!! I wonder just how much parsley one must consume in one sitting for it to become toxic. I bet it’s not physically possible for a person to even eat that much…. (Please note that the PFAF site also stresses that parsely is “perfectly safe to eat and nutritious in amounts that are given in recipes”)

Please read more about parsley:

This WAS going to be my post for WHB 2nd anniversary. I still hope to put one together on time and when I do, I will at that time announce which vegetable and herb are my favourites. Here’s a hint: one of my favourites is featured in this post about quiche.

edit 14 October 2007: Please read my official post for WHB 2nd anniversary.

* Laura Calder hosts French Food at Home on The Food Network (Canada). On the episode entitled “Savoury Tarts“, she featured a delicious looking quiche. We also plan to make the spinach wheel she made on the same show.

Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) 2nd anniversary
doubly delicious

weekend herb blogging - © kalyns kitchen The second anniversary of Kalyn’s (Kalyn’s Kitchen) popular Weekend Herb Blogging event is coming up this weekend! In celebration, to double the fun, Kalyn is asking us vote for our favourite herb and our favourite vegetable as well as to post a recipe featuring vegetable(s) and herb(s) with information on at least one of the two. Here is what she wrote:

Vote For Your Favorite Vegetable and Favorite Herb of 2007
[P]articipate in the official WHB Vote For Your Favorites poll […] even if you’re also submitting an entry, because remember, everything is happening in twos! You may even vote for different herbs and vegetables than you use in your recipe if you’d like.

Enter a Great Recipe Featuring Vegetables and Herbs
[…] [S]end a recipe featuring at least one vegetable and one herb, then include some information about at least one of the ingredients you’ve chosen. Recipes with more than one vegetable and more than one herb are also great. Extra servings to anyone who finds a really unusual combination or unusual herbs or vegetables to write about. (Your recipe does not have to have the same herb and vegetable you vote for as your favorite.) […]

The timespan for entries for WHB 2nd Anniversary is Monday morning, 8 October until 15:00 on Sunday, 14 October 2007 Utah time (GMT -6). For more details on how to participate in Weekend Herb Blogging, please see the following:


  • Kalyn

    Oh you are such a good student to follow directions so well! I’m laughing a bit here because there have been a few people who didn’t quite follow the rules, but I don’t have the heart to turn anyone down when we’re celebrating an anniversary! The only problem is that I’m sorting out the posts by veggie type, so one of the rule breakers suggested I label the ones without veggies “WHB delinquents,” but I’m not going to do that either! If you get another post done, great, but if not, send me this link please! I don’t want you to be left out.

  • ejm

    So I’m correct that you do not consider the parsley to be an essential ingredient in the quiche recipe, Kalyn? I tell you, if you had the quiche without the garnish, it would have been missed!

    It’s very nice of you to offer to allow the post anyway. But I still hope to manage a post that would not put me into the class of “WHB delinquents” (I love that term!).

  • Valli

    Parsley can be considered an herb. Delicious quiche recipe none the less.


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